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Interview with CA EXL Leadership Awardees #3
Fireside Chat: December 13, 2022

Interview with CA EXL Leadership Awardees #3

Join us for Fireside Chat #49!

In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education (EXLD). This chat continues a series of chats with California Expanded Learning Leadership Awardees who were recognized earlier this year during the annual Lights On Afterschool celebration. In this inspirational chat we are joined by:

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Interview with CA EXL Leadership Awardees #2
Fireside Chat: December 6, 2022

Interview with CA EXL Leadership Awardees #2

Join us for Fireside Chat #48!

In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education (EXLD). This chat continues a series of chats with California Expanded Learning Leadership Awardees who were recognized earlier this year during the annual Lights On Afterschool celebration. In this inspirational chat we are joined by:

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Interview with CA EXL Leadership Awardees #1
Fireside Chat: November 29, 2022

Interview with CA EXL Leadership Awardees #1

Join us for Fireside Chat #47!

In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education (EXLD). This chat kicks off a series of chats with California Expanded Learning Leadership Awardees who were recognized earlier this year during the annual Lights On Afterschool celebration. In this first inspirational chat we are joined by:

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Complete the Power of Us Survey TODAY!
Deadline: December 31, 2022

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Time is running out to complete the Power of Us Survey! Please see the resources below with survey information and details, along with potential incentives to encourage folks to complete today! Use your voice and represent CA in a Nationwide survey to learn about the professionals and volunteers that support young people in all settings outside of the classroom.

Check out the resources below!

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Deadline Approaching for the Power of Us Survey!

Help make change in CA by using your voice in the Power of Us 2022 Workforce Survey!

Power of Us Survey logoMillions of professionals and volunteers work with young people every day in the many settings where youth play, learn, and grow outside of the school day. Yet, we have little collective information about this essential workforce. You can help change this!

Power of Us wants to know more about those who are still in the youth fields and those who left, so that they can explore, define, and elevate this collective workforce and their work with youth. The information from the Power of Us Workforce Survey can also lead to action, informing policy, practice, and further research to better support the workforce.

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ELO-P Interview with Region 1, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin
Fireside Chat: July 25, 2022

ELO-P Interview with Region 1, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin

Join us for our 44th Fireside Chat!

In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education (EXLD) and two special guests from Region 1:

  • Melea Meyer, Region 1 STEAM Hub/ SSEL County Lead, Continuous Improvement: Innovation and Development
  • Michelle Edwards-Heery, Executive Vice President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin

This chat includes a quick update on the ELO-P apportionment rates for fiscal year 2022-23. We also dive into what LEA and CBO (community based organization) partnership can look like to support ELO-P implementation in a wide range of settings.

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Budget is Signed! and Other Leg Updates
Fireside Chat: July 1, 2022

Budget is Signed! and Other Leg Updates

Join us for our 43rd Fireside Chat! In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education (EXLD),.

The 22-23 budget has been signed! Hear the latest on what it means for the Expanded Learning in California. We also cover the latest on two pieces of legislation related to our Expanded Learning programs.

Access Budget and Legislation Information referenced below:

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Use Your Voice in the Power of Us 2022 Workforce Survey!

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Millions of professionals and volunteers work with young people every day in the many settings where youth play, learn, and grow outside of the school day. Yet, we have little collective information about this essential workforce. You can help change this!

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STEAM Newsletter – Engineers and The Great Outdoors
June 28, 2022

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For the month of June, the Million Girls Moonshot and all of its partners celebrate the amazing work that women engineers around the world are doing to support lives and livelihoods every day. This month, we are highlighting resources that program providers and others can utilize to profile the best, brightest and bravest women in engineering, the inventors and innovators who dare to be part of the solution and are helping to build towards a brighter future!

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CAN Health & Wellness Newsletter – Improving Adolescent Mental Health
May 24, 2022

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As we continue to live in the “new normal,” we have become aware of the unprecedented mental health crisis affecting our youth as well as adults. Use this month to learn about mental health and how to fight the stigma to help the ones in your community get the resources they deserve.

This month’s newsletter shares many resources on mental health: how to prioritize one’s mental health, resources for the classroom, and more. 

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ELO-P: May Revise Budget & Policy Updates
Fireside Chat: May 18, 2022

ELO-P: May Revise Budget & Policy Updates

Join us for our 42nd Fireside Chat! In this chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education (EXLD), and two of his staff: Sterling Williams and Jen Taylor.

Hear the latest on the Governor’s proposed May Revise budget and updated Trailer Bill Language and what it means for the Expanded Learning Opportunities Program!

While there’s lots of exciting news, there is also more action needed to ensure the success and sustainability of Expanded Learning programs in California – be on the lookout for more info coming soon!

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ELO-P Discussion with Region 6
Fireside Chat: April 7, 2022

ELO-P Discussion with Region 6

Join us for our 41st Fireside Chat! In this inspiring chat, Heather Williams from the California AfterSchool Network is joined by Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education, and a few of the amazing folks from Region 6 including members of the System of Support team and local providers including:

  • Kelly Faustino, Education Programs Consultant, CDE Expanded Learning Division
  • Danielle Jones, Afterschool Planning Coordinator | System of Support for Expanded Learning County Lead; Stanislaus County Office of Education | Prevention and Expanded Learning Programs
  • Junior Cueva, Director of Operations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy
  • Tony Lomeli, Director, Student Support Services, Modesto City Schools

The Region 6 crew digs into how they are leveraging the opportunities of the moment, including unprecedented funding, to meet the individual needs of children, youth, and families.

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Connect with CAN at the 2022 BOOST Conference!

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Hey BOOSTers, are you ready for some fun at the 2022 BOOST Conference?! WE ARE!

CAN is excited to continue as one of the many amazing sponsors of the BOOST Conference coming up in just a few weeks in Palm Springs from April 26 - April 29.

There are many ways to connect with the CAN team at BOOST. Below are some of the engagement opportunities for you to partake in! We can’t wait to hang out with all of our EXL/OST friends in PERSON. See you soon!

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Universal PreKindergarten (UPK) Office Hours
Upcoming Office Hours: March 30, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

CDE LogoThe California Department of Education, Early Education Division (EED) is excited to announce weekly Universal PreKindergarten (UPK) office hours. The EED will be hosting virtual office hours on Wednesday afternoons targeted for local education agencies (school districts, charter schools, county offices of education) so that attendees can come and ask questions and receive technical assistance about UPK implementation. The first 15 minutes will be a quick review of UPK and the latest developments.